An employee of Kingswood Oxford School died after her motor vehicle collided with a school bus in West Hartford on Tuesday morning.
Police said the crash happened at the intersection of Boulevard and Mountain roads just after 7 a.m.
"We heard the fire trucks, watched police go up and down and noticed they had the road blocked off," said Roger Brown of West Hartford.
Police said the bus was heading south on Mountain Road toward Conard High School and the car was heading east on Boulevard when the collision happened.
The driver of the Saab, who was identified as West Hartford resident, 64-year-old Patricia Rosoff, was taken to the UConn Medical Center in Farmington where police said she died from her injuries.
"It's a sad outcome," Brown said.
According to the Kingswood Oxford School website, Rosoff served as the Academic Dean of Humanities at the school.
School officials said there were 18 students on board from Conard, but they were not hurt.
A second school bus was called to the scene to take all the students to the Conard High School. Police interviewed the students about the crash before sending them on to school.
The school bus driver, 23-year-old Emmanuel Cruz, of Manchester, was not seriously injured, police said.
"It's one of the main thoroughfares through this end of town, people are going to work, people are going to school, so it's busy," said Capt. Jeff Rose, West Hartford Police Department. "Any intersection with a traffic light is a busy intersection and this is one of them."
Neighbors said the area sees more than its fair share of traffic during the day.
"During rush hour, people going to work, people coming home, Mountain Road here between Sedgwick and going north on Farmington is busy," Brown said.
Police placed down evidence markers, snapped pictures and took measurements of skid marks.
"Officers are working to determine the light cycle at the time of the accident," police said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
The West Hartford crash reconstruction team is investigating the crash. There is no word yet on what may have caused the crash.
"We're going to take into account any witness statements, any evidence, anything to try and determine what happened," Rose said.
Barricades and detour signs were set up near the intersection of Boulevard and Mountain roads. That area was closed until around 1 p.m.
The First Student Bus Company said its manager was called to the scene. Conard's principal and the school system's assistant superintendent said they also responded.
Police were asking any eyewitnesses to come forward so they can piece together what happened. They can call them at 860-523-5203.
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